Galena Park North Shore running back Zach Evans played a major role in the Mustangs’ back-to-back state title runs, but throughout the past two seasons, the nation’s top high school running back experienced a lot of ups and downs.
And many occured in the past 30 days.
- Dec. 14: Evans misses the first half of a playoff game because he had to take his ACT test that morning.
- Dec. 19: He signs a National Letter of Intent with a college program but delayed announcing his commitment to Jan. 2 during the Under Armour All-American Game. The letter was signed and sent to his college.
- Dec. 21: News breaks that Evans was sent home from the state title game for violating the team’s cell phone policy and getting into arguments over this issue with coaches. The incident occurred just hours before the state title rematch with Duncanville. This was the second time this season Evans was suspended after missing two games for a violation of team rules.
- Dec. 28: During the week of the All-American Game, Evans told reporters he indeed signed with a team and will be enrolling early. His finalists were said to include Georgia, Alabama and LSU.
- Jan. 2: The morning of the All-American Game, Evans declares he will not announce his commitment decision. Rather, he took the opportunity with Deion Sanders by his side to publicly apologize to his future coach.
- Jan. 7: Evans was released from his Letter of Intent and SEC financial aid agreement to Georgia. A full release was granted to Evans, and according to multiple sources, he will now choose between LSU or Texas A&M.
For the nation’s top running, and the No. 1 player in the state of Texas, what comes next?
Throughout the modern era of high school recruitment, very few have had so many unprecedented twists and turns.
To this point, nothing in the process has made sense, and it leaves everyone wondering where Evans will end up.
Evans posted 1,600 rushing yards in 2019 despite missing two full games, and he was voted MVP of the All-American Game.